The play’s main themes include justice, “mortality and mercy in Vienna,” and the dichotomy between corruption and purity: “some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.” Mercy and virtue prevail, as the play does not end tragically, with virtues such as compassion and forgiveness being exercised at the end of the production. While the play focuses on justice overall, the final scene illustrates that Shakespeare intended for moral justice to temper strict civil justice: a number of the characters receive understanding and leniency, instead of the harsh punishment to which they, according to the law, could have been sentenced.
Showtimes: Thurs/Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and available at act1online.com
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer the Musical Cheatham County Community Theatre
The musical of the classic story of a mischievous boy and his friends.
Showtimes: Fri/Sat 7:00p.m. and Sat 2:00p.m. Tickets are $12 and are available at cheathamcounty.org.
Annie JR Salama Urban Ministries
Salama comes to Belmont University’s Troutt Theater July 13-15 to perform an inspiring and heartwarming classic: Annie Jr. This show is about hope, optimism, and justice- themes that are paramount to the mission of Salama and the future of America’s youth. An incredible experience is guaranteed when the city comes together to witness these bright and talented kids in action!
Showtimes: Fri/Sat at 7:00 p.m. and Sun 3:00 p.m. Tickets start at $5 and are available at the door at Belmont University’s Troutt Theater.
The Foreigner Encore Theatre Company
The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by “Froggy” LeSeuer, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time “Froggy” has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So “Froggy,” before departing, tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Once alone the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should—the evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister’s pretty fiancée is pregnant; and many other damaging revelations made with the thought that Charlie doesn’t understand a word being said. That he does fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the “bad guys,” and the “good guys” emerge triumphant.
Showtimes: Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m. and Sun at 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at $12 and available at ticketsnashville.com
July 13-29 Memphis Center For The Arts
Memphis is set in the places where rock and roll was born in the 1950s: the seedy nightclubs, radio stations and recording studios of the musically-rich Tennessee city. With an original score, it tells the fictional story of DJ Huey Calhoun, a good ole’ local boy with a passion for R&B music and Felicia Farrell, an up-and-coming black singer that he meets one fateful night on Beale Street. Despite the objections of their loved ones, they embark on a dangerous affair. As their careers rise, the relationship is challenged by personal ambition and the pressures of an outside world unable to accept their love.
Showtimes are Fri/Sat 7:30 p.m. and Sun 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $11 and available at boroarts.org
James And The Giant Peach Street Theatre Company
When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach… and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach – among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities – but, after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building.
Showtimes: Weds/Thurs/Fri/Sat at 2:00 p.m. and Fri/Sat at 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $5 and available at arts-people.com
July 20-28 Charlie & The Chocolate Factory Centerstage Theatre Company
Roald Dahl’s beloved story comes to life on stage. Willy Wonka invites five golden ticket winners to tour his wild, imaginative candy factory in hopes he’ll find someone to take over for him. Directed by Shawna Rayford, this is the second all youth production for Centerstage Theatre Company in Lebanon and it also kicks off the theater’s third season. The cast features 40 local youth actors ages 7 to 18 throughout the Wilson County area. See all of the iconic characters!
Showtimes: Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m. Sat at 11:00 a.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at brownpapertickets.com
Titus Andronicus Nashville Shakespeare Festival
6 Nashville directors will stage lively upright readings of the Bard’s plays in surprise locations in & around Nashville. You will be texted the location 24 hrs in advance! The next POP-UPright Shakespeareplay of the season is Titus Andronicus, directed by Laramie Hearn. Location details will be announced on Friday, July 20th!
July 27- August 5
Annie Hendersonville Performing Arts Center
Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Anniehas become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including “Tomorrow.”
Showtimes: Thurs/Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and available at hpactn.com
July 27- July 29
The Music Man Nashville Children’s Theatre
The Music Man is entertainment at its best. A fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band – this, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. However, when he falls for Marian, the librarian, can he be transformed into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall?